Viruses often boggle young students' minds. They are not living so can not be called dead. This power point goes over the reasons viruses are not categorized as living, explains their methods for reproduction, the lytic and lysogenic cycles.
HIV reproduction in the human body is covered in detail along with the five drugs used in its treatment.
There are a few slides dedicated to Ebola / Marburg, why they are hard to find and how the primate population of the world is being affected.
The latest Zika virus is also presented and why it is detrimental to developing babies in the womb.
Multiple common viruses are also displayed and described. Students will be able to distinguish viruses from living things and understand their methods of reproduction. Students will also be able to identify viruses based on their structure. Students will also understand that viruses infect all forms of life.
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(4) Science concepts. The student knows that cells are the basic structures of all living things with specialized parts that perform specific functions and that viruses are different from cells. The student is expected to:
(C) compare the structures of viruses to cells, describe viral reproduction, and describe the role of viruses in causing diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and influenza.